Author: Holly Russel

Canine Good Citizen Prep Class to Begin July 18th

Think your dog has what it takes to earn the coveted title of Canine Good Citizen? Put him to the test at the end of this month, when the Pennsylvania SPCA will kick off a CGC prep class for promising pups. Led by certified pet trainer and PSPCA volunteer Beth Strecker, the class will give you and your dog all the tools you need to ace the test – not to mention some quality time refining manners together. For the scoop on what to expect when you sign up, we asked Beth our most pressing questions: Who is the...

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5 Questions for Nicole D’Angelo of Fabulous Vegan Recipes

For a pet lover and animal welfare advocate, food choices can be fraught with guilt. But while making a major lifestyle shift like adopting a vegan diet may seem daunting to the uninitiated, starting with small changes can help ease newbies into the process. Here to help is Nicole D’Angelo, a Philly girl with a full plate of fantastic foods and a vegan recipe blog to boot. We sat down with Nicole for the skinny on cooking cruelty-free. What inspired you to begin the blog? I wanted to share my favorite vegan recipes because I believe that a plant-based...

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Cruelty Case Underscores Need for New Legislation

On Saturday, June 22, Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement officers responded to complaints about strong animal odors emanating from a house on the 2800 Block of Walnut Hill Street and found 17 terrified animals – 14 small dogs and three cats – living in deplorable conditions. SPCA officials report that the dogs and cats were living in their own waste in the basement of the house in what was likely an illegal breeding operation. Most of the dogs had filthy matted coats and were infested with fleas, and the cats were in similar poor health. The ammonia level in the...

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Region’s Largest Adoption Event Planned for June 15-16

Be a lifesaver to an animal in need this summer! Springtime is a busy season for area shelters, who must manage the annual influx of new litters of puppies and kittens in addition to all of the adult animals they serve. This makes summer the perfect time to support those shelters – and save lives – by adopting a new pet. On June 15-16, a group of local rescues and shelters is hosting a mega-adoption event: the All Paws on Deck adoption festival at the Plymouth Meeting Petsmart store on Chemical Road. From small dogs to big dogs, puppies...

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ACCT Alum Inspires New Book “Chance and Chip”

The adoption staff at ACCT Philly often gets photos and updates from shelter alumni, but last month, they received a great surprise when they learned one of their own is now starring in his very own book! Chance and Chip…A Match made in Heaven tells the amazing story of two plucky mutts who braved the elements, beat the odds and found the perfect family. Authored by dad-and-daughter team Chris and Angeline George, the book is available for download on Amazon. We sat down with Chris for the backstory on what inspired this one-of-a-kind “tail.” Lots of people rescue dogs,...

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